Safeguarding California

California is leading the way on emissions reduction, but no matter how quickly we reduce our climate polluting emissions, climate impacts will still occur. Many impacts – increased fires, floods, severe storms and heat waves – are occurring already and will only become more frequent and more dangerous. But there are many things we can do to protect against climate impacts. Taking steps now to adapt to climate change will protect public health and
safety, our economy and our future.

What’s New…

Update: The public comment deadline has been extended to December 10, 2015 @ 5:00 pm.

The Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans is now available for public comment here.

Natural Resources Agency Seeks Public Comment on Preparing for Extreme Effects of Climate Change

In response to a directive from California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., the Natural Resources Agency is seeking public comment on a draft plan for how California will prepare for and adapt to the catastrophic effects of climate change, including extended droughts and wildfires, rising sea levels and increasingly extreme weather.

“With climate change, we cannot use the past to help us predict future conditions,” said John Laird, the California Secretary for Natural Resources. “While we work to reduce the carbon emissions that worsen climate change, we must prepare for higher sea levels, flashier winter storms, warmer temperatures, reduced snowpack, and other changes with big ramifications for how we live in California. This draft report gathers in one place all of the actions unfolding across state government to help build our resiliency in the face of climate change. As a comprehensive document, it will help us track our progress and help the public hold us accountable.”

The Natural Resources Agency seeks public comment on the draft plan through the end of November, and will hold two public meetings this month to gather input from interested citizens, scientists, government officials, and other stakeholders. The Safeguarding California: Implementing Actions Plan document will be revised based on public comments, with a final version scheduled for release in December. Upcoming meetings to gather input on the plan:

October 26: Sacramento Public Workshop on Safeguarding California Implementation Plans
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Rosenfeld Hearing Room
California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814

October 27: Los Angeles Public Workshop on Safeguarding California Implementation Plans
Time: 1:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Location: Carmel Room
Junipero Serra Building
320 W. 4th Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

In Executive Order B-30-15, Governor Brown set aggressive targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions and called for the Safeguarding California report released today. The purpose of the report is to identify the state’s vulnerabilities to climate change by sector; outline primary risks to residents, property, communities and natural systems; identify an agency or group of agencies to lead adaptation efforts in each sector; and to prepare an implementation plan of necessary state actions.

The report sets forth how the state will help residents, communities, and natural systems adapt to the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change. The report also analyzes what actions have already been taken to prepare for climate change and details steps that still need to be taken across ten sectors including water, transportation, agriculture, biodiversity and habitat, emergency management, and energy. It provides a blueprint for execution of the actions recommended in the Natural Resources Agency’s 2014 report Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk.

Since California released its first adaptation plan in 2009, a series of extreme natural events – drought, record-breaking higher average temperatures and a practically non-existent Sierra Nevada snowpack last winter – have heightened the urgency to act. The state has committed to facing the risks of climate change proactively and preparing accordingly. Just this week, the Governor signed legislation, including AB 1482, AB 1496 and SB 246 to strengthen local planning and coordination to cope with increased flooding, temperatures and other climate change effects.

That draft report, Safeguarding California: Implementing Action Plans, is available here. State agencies must report back by June 2016 on actions they are taking to make the plan a reality.

Please submit your comments to, or by mail. The deadline for public comment is November 30, 2015.

California Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814

Safeguarding California Plan

The California Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with other state agencies, has updated the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy. The Safeguarding California Plan augments previously identified strategies in light of advances in climate science and risk management options.

Related links:

Fourth California Climate Assessment: Building on California’s prior investments in regionally relevant climate science, a Fourth California Climate Change Assessment (Fourth Assessment) is currently underway. The Fourth Assessment will provide critical additional information to support decisions that will safeguard the people, economy and resources of California.

California Adaptation Planning Guide: The Adaptation Planning Guide provides a step-by-step process for local and regional governments interested in climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development.

Cal-Adapt: Cal-Adapt is a web-based climate adaptation planning
tool. Cal-Adapt allows the user to identify potential climate change risks in specific geographic areas throughout the state. Users can either query by location, or click on an interactive map to explore what climate impacts are projected to occur in their area of interest.

California Local Energy Assurance Planning Tool: The California Local Energy Assurance Planning (CaLEAP) program is a California Energy Commission sponsored project to assist local governments throughout the State in preparing plans to ensure that key assets are resilient to disaster events that impact energy. The CaLEAP Planning Tool is a designed to help local governments develop Energy Assurance Plans (EAPs).

CalEMA’s MyPlan: MyPlan is a map service designed to be a simple interface to California natural hazard data products produced by the California Natural Resources Agency departments and other government agencies. This Web site is provided by Cal EMA to allow users to easily make hazard maps for preparing, upgrading and reviewing Local Hazard Mitigation Plans (LHMPs), General PlanSafety Elements, Local Coastal Plans (LCPs), and hazard mitigation projects.

CalEMA’s MyHazards: Use this website to discover the hazards that exist in your area and learn how to reduce YOUR risk! Remember, the best way to recover from disasters is by reducing the risks before a disaster strikes.


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